Minghong Xu, originally from China, joined VNB in 2019-20, and is thrilled to be starting her 3rd season with the company and school. She danced the Arabian solo in The Nutcracker, and Summer Fairy in Cinderella. Before joining Virginia National Ballet, she danced with Columbia Classical Ballet where she performed many solo and corps roles. She won 3rd place in the 2017 World Ballet Competition Grand Prix in NYC, 3rd place in YAGP Senior Classical in Philadelphia 2017, and was in the top 6, 10, and 12 of the 7th International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition in Vienna, Fukuoka International Ballet Competition, and the 2016 YAGP in Beijing, where she also won a scholarship to Washington Ballet School. She trained at ABT’s NYC Ballet Summer Intensive, the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program with full scholarship, and the Washington Ballet Summer with full scholarship. She graduated from the Liaoning Ballet Academy in China in 2016.